But I had more cognitive dissonance. Because Esselstyn's system did work. Even if only in a few people, he was able to halt and even reverse atherosclerosis, so it seemed reasonable to me that something his diet eliminated was at least partially responsible for it.
It was as I was mulling this over that I discovered Mark Sisson and this website. Reading through Mark's ideas and arguments was a life-changing experience for me. It was epiphany after epiphany, like he climbed into my mind, took all the disjointed pieces of my ideas, and spread them out before me in a complete puzzle, a masterpiece. Intuitively, it all fit. Evolutionarily, it all fit. And scientifically... Well, I've yet to see the basic premise falsified, and better yet, the main things he wants me to eliminate coincide with things Esselstyn's diet eliminated. The difference is what they keep and why. Intuitively, evolutionarily, scientifically, reasonably, I have to side with Sisson.
The more and better I read and explore, the more I think Primal is the way to go. But as my wife pointed out to me as I excitedly tried to explain it all, I tend toward OCD, and "You're so excited about this right now, and you want us all to eat like this, but what about in six months? You might think this is retarded by then." And I had to concede she was right. It was possible I would think that. And yet I knew I wouldn't. The ideas resonated. They made sense. They had the unmistakable vibration of truth.
They still do, only now they're fortified by anecdote and experience. Nagging pains and injuries that I'd developed as a mover and had lingered without the slightest abatement in the year following were completely gone by May. I was back down to 195 pounds and feeling great within three or four months. The intermittent chest pain that was scaring me senseless disappeared. And even though I've betrayed the principles over the past few months, I still feel great, I still feel healthy, and I feel even more galvanized to make this a lifestyle.
I need to wrap this up and go to bed, but yeah... To say I'm thrilled with Primal is an understatement.